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Program Description

This two-year Associate in Science degree program prepares students to work as part of the health care delivery team in a hospital, private clinical laboratory, or research laboratory. There is a concentrated presentation of general education courses combined with career development, laboratory experiences, and hospital practice to accomplish this goal. The students acquire extensive knowledge of chemistry, microbiology, serology, hematology, urinalysis, and blood bank practices. Students also acquire specialized skills that include blood collection and the use of quality control in the laboratory setting.

Lectures and simulated clinical Laboratory courses are taught at the Medical Campus. Students spend their last semester practicing in the four major laboratory departments at various hospitals, working alongside medical technologists, supervisors, and pathologists.

Upon admission to the CLS program, the student will attend a mandatory Academic Bridge Program, which includes a review of biology, chemistry, and mathematics as well as introduction to program courses with the goal of increasing student success. Please speak to an advisor for additional information regarding registration for the Academic Bridge Program.

The program requires a total of 76 credits, including general education courses, which are typically taken before entry to the program. The program offers a five-semester full-time and an eight-semester part-time option.

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All Medical Campus students must complete the FDLE Waiver and Statement form.This form is to authorize dissemination to Miami Dade College - Medical Campus of any national criminal history record that may pertain to you.

In addition, all program students must complete a "background check" through the identified MDC agent and cleared by the 1st day of class. Depending on your program of study an additional background check may be required. In addition, prior to entry into a clinical site, some clinical sites will require more frequent background checks and clearance.

Successful completion of the MDC level two background check process or completion of a MDC nursing/health sciences program does not guarantee a graduate's eligibility for participation in the professional credentialing process or for related employment. Credentialing agencies and health care employers may have additional eligibility criteria not required by an educational institution. Individuals who have been arrested or convicted of any felony crime during the last 15 years are strongly urged to inquire directly of the licensing board in the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice.

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